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Good ethnic food, deli's near Costa Mesa?

suzanne May 15, 2006 06:47 PM

I'm going to be staying there for a week, and would like some interesting options for anywhere near there... I'll be taking food to go for a hotel bound companion, so I'm looking for take out, mainly. Thanks!

  1. hhc Aug 4, 2006 07:38 PM

    I haven't been but read good things on Yelp about:
    Santouka Ramen
    665 Paularino Avenue
    Costa Mesa, CA 92626
    (714) 434-1101

    "A famous ramen chain in Japan now with 4 locations in the U.S. (NJ, Chicago, Torrance, Costa Mesa) serves solid Japanese style ramen. While Santouka is not my favorite ramen in Japan, here in the States, it beats out many of the restaurants that tries to serve ramen."

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      Joy May 16, 2006 09:54 AM

      Depending on where you are in Costa Mesa, you might be pretty close to Greek Island Grille, in Santa Ana but right across Sunflower from South Coast Plaza (which is in Costa Mesa). Delicious, reasonably priced Greek food, suitable for take-out. Try the bifteki, especially.

      Greek Island Grille
      3940 S. Bristol St
      Santa Ana

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        suzanne May 15, 2006 11:02 PM

        Wow!! Thank you all so much! I have a list going and map ready. I'm especially excited to try the Russian Deli...and pho next door.. *drool*. Thanks so much and keep any more coming, I'm a hungry girl!

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          joe May 15, 2006 08:34 PM

          In my opinion there are no better burritos in So. Cal. than El Toro Bravo, a highly authentic take-out place on 19th St in Costa Mesa. The line is usually long but it moves fast. In the same mini-mall there's also a small Mexican food store, which I believe is run by the same management, for getting sodas etc.

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            Wonginator May 15, 2006 08:07 PM

            Unfortunately, Kaplan's Deli closed last year, one of my favorites.

            There is Tommy Pastrami that I've enjoyed their pastrami sandwich, but some others have had mixed reviews about it.

            Tommy Pastrami
            3751 S Harbor Blvd
            Santa Ana
            Mon-Fri 6AM-4PM

            Arnie's has a sit-down restaurant, but you can also order to go:

            Arnie's Manhattan Deli
            1660 Dove St
            Newport Beach

            There is also the DePillo Cafe & Deli that I just wrote a review about just a few hours ago. They have BBQ specials every Thursday.

            DePillo Cafe & Deli
            3001 Red Hill Ave, Bldg 1, Suite 108
            Costa Mesa, CA

            A couple of other delis that I've driven by, but haven't been to yet:

            Moscow Deli
            3015 Harbor Blvd
            Costa Mesa
            (presumably Russian deli, next to Pho 99 restaurant)

            Globe Deli
            1928 Harbor Blvd
            Costa Mesa

            As far as ethnic goes, there are lots of Japanese ramen, sushi, and izakaya pubs in the area, with a few Vietnamese places nearby.

            I've read that Habana has good Cuban food, nearby Memphis Cafe has good Cajun/Creole, nearby Onotria has Italian fusion. There is Brazilian BBQ in Irvine at Agoro Churrascaria, French at Chat Noir and Tradition by Pascal, Persian at Ferdussi and Darya.

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            1. re: Wonginator
              Jase May 15, 2006 08:18 PM

              Second on Globe Deli. Good German deli. Good selection of cold cuts, various sausages, smoked or otherwise. Several different kinds of potato salads. They also make sandwiches. A very small area for german groceries.

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              Frank May 15, 2006 07:29 PM

              I wish I knew of the place... but there's an El Salvadorian restaurant in East Costa Mesa some place near 17th. Great tamales. I'm hoping someone knows the name.

              There's also a Mexican place called Taco Mesa in the same area. I think it's on 17th.

              Sorry I don't know the specifics, but man... these places are good.

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              1. re: Frank
                Hungry1 May 15, 2006 07:43 PM

                I think the Salvadorian place you're thinking of may be El Chinaco on 19th:

                El Chinaco
                560 W 19TH St Ste D
                Costa Mesa, CA 92627-5044

                Taco Mesa is also just up the road on 19th:

                Taco Mesa
                647 W 19th St
                Costa Mesa, CA 92627-2715

                And here's another taco place on 19th that I like:

                Taqueria El Granjenal
                899 W 19th St, Costa Mesa, CA


                1. re: Frank
                  odograph May 18, 2006 05:49 PM

                  i just found this review of Pupusería San Sivar ad Monster Munching:


                  i've been there a couple times (once for the sausage plate and once for pupusas. i like it.

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                  OCAnn May 15, 2006 07:20 PM

                  Jerry's Famous Deli has pretty darned good Kosher with huge portions.

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                  1. re: OCAnn
                    joe May 15, 2006 08:30 PM

                    To each their own, but Jerry's is decidedly not a consensus favorite here.

                    1. re: OCAnn
                      MEalcentric May 15, 2006 09:58 PM

                      Maybe JErry's is an acquired taste, but I would pass.

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